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Brit Awards 2020: Lewis Capaldi and Dave lead nominations

Lewis Capaldi

Story by Jack Foley

LEWIS Capaldi and Dave lead the nominations for the 2020 Brit Awards, with four nods apiece.

The Scottish torch singer and the Streatham-born rapper are both up for best male, best newcomer, best single and album of the year at the ceremony, which takes place at London’s O2 Arena on Tuesday, February 18.

But heading into the ceremony, Dave will be seen as a firm favourite to land best album, having already won the Mercury Prize for his debut Psychodrama.

But Capaldi’s debut LP, Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent, was the best-selling record of 2019, propelled by the success of his tear-jerking ballad Someone You Loved.

Stormzy and Mabel are the second most-nominated artists, with three apiece.

But Ed Sheeran – the six-time Brit Award winner who had one of last year’s most successful albums with his No. 6 Collaborations Project – received just one nomination: his Justin Bieber duet I Don’t Care is up for best single.

Mabel, the daughter of Neneh Cherry and Massive Attack producer Cameron McVey, is the most-nominated female artist, thanks largely to the popularity of her single Don’t Call Me Up. She is nominated for best female, best new artist and best single.

Ironically, her nominations come exactly 30 years after her mother, who was born in Sweden, won two Brits – for best international artist and best international breakthrough.

The coveted best album category is completed by Stormzy’s second album Heavy Is The Head, Michael Kiwanuka’s soul-searching Kiwanuka and Harry Styles’s nostalgic pop offering Fine Line. All of the nominees in that category are male.

In the international categories, Ariana Grande and Billie Eilish led the nominees for best female artist.

While a diverse shortlist for best international male features Burna Boy, Post Malone and Bruce Springsteen, who last won an Brit award 34 years ago.

The ceremony will be broadcast live on ITV and hosted for a third time by Jack Whitehall.

The full list of nominees

Best album
Stormzy – Heavy Is The Head
Michael Kiwanuka – Kiwanuka
Lewis Capaldi – Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent
Dave – Psychodrama
Harry Styles – Fine Line

Best British female
Mabel
Freya Ridings
FKA Twigs
Charli XCX
Mahalia

Best British male
Harry Styles
Lewis Capaldi
Dave
Michael Kiwanuka
Stormzy

Best British group
Coldplay
Foals
Bring Me The Horizon
D-Block Europe
Bastille

Best new artist
Aitch
Lewis Capaldi
Dave
Mabel
Sam Fender

Best Song
Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber – I Don’t Care
Mabel – Don’t Call Me Up
Calvin Harris ft Rag ‘N’ Bone Man – Giant
Dave ft Burna Boy – Location
Mark Ronson ft Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart
AJ Tracey – Ladbroke Grove
Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved
Tom Walker – Just You And I
Sam Smith ft Normani – Dancing With A Stranger
Stormzy – Vossi Bop

International Female
Ariana Grande
Billie Eilish
Camila Cabello
Lana Del Rey
Lizzo

International male
Bruce Springsteen
Burna Boy
Tyler, The Creator
Dermot Kennedy
Post Malone

Rising star award
Celeste – Winner
Joy Crookes
Beabadoobee